Hanetsuki (battledore and shuttlecock) began in the 14th century. According to the pictures which depict Hanetsuki in the 1600’s, the exorcism ceremony of New Year’s Day in the imperial court were drawn on the battledore. When the battledore started to bear paddled pictures of the figures of Kabuki actors in the latter part of the Edo period, it became much more gorgeous and became popular among commoners. The reason for displaying battledore and presenting a battledore to the newly born baby girl is to dispel ill sprits so that she will grow up healthy.

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